has a 40+ year background in broadcasting, entertainment and
marketing. He's been involved in online marketing since 1998
when searching for a more effective way to sell a "How-To"
book he'd written.)
(David Vasser at Work)
In a relatively short
period of time I went from no traffic at all to the current position of
being able to turn on or turn off an incredible steam of visitors to any
website I want at no out of pocket expense. The proof that I can do this
is over ONE-BILLION hits to just one of my numerous rotator pages.
to see it. The total visit count to this single rotator link is
displayed at the bottom. This screen shot was taken April 12, 2006.
This is the rotator I use the most and now in 2011 the counter shows
1,081,576,052 hits. That is roughly 6.5 million more visits in 5 years.
Well over 1 million per year hits per year to this rotator alone. I use
3 main rotators and each gets about the same amount of traffic. So to my
rotators alone (and not all exchanges allow rotators) I am getting just
over 3 million hits per year. I canít even add up all the hits from all
the individual postings. Iíve not seen anyone else actually post their
visit numbers for their systems. Iím not telling you this to brag, but
to provide evidence that my methods and systems for traffic generation
will work for anyone willing to do the work.
I get hits by several
means, none of which are SPAM. (I hate junk emails and spam, probably
more than you do!)
The two major
components of my current traffic strategy are search engine optimization
and harvesting free traffic on traffic exchanges. The traffic from
traffic exchanges boosts my total page hits, which in turn improves my
search rankings. Occasionally I'll get a sale from traffic exchange
exposure too. It seems to take at least one-hundred times more page hits
to sell my products on the traffic exchanges than through targeted search
engines or banner hits. WHY? Most people
surfing the exchanges are there to sell their product, not to buy yours!
The focus of Surfer School is how to maximize your return for your time
spent working traffic exchanges. Make no mistake about it, it
is work and if you want to get the greatest benefit read on.
No work equals no
results! If someone promises you EASY MONEY FAST WITH NO WORK, that is a
clue that you needs to back off from that offer.
Vasser's First Law of Internet Marketing: "THERE IS NO FAST &
EASY MONEY TO BE MADE ON THE INTERNET BY HONEST PEOPLE! ANY PROMISES OF
FAST & EASY MONEY EARNED IN AN HONEST FASHION IS A LIE!"
Vasser's Second Law of Internet Marketing: "YOU CAN EARN INCOME
ON THE INTERNET BUT IT REQUIRES STEADY AND RELENTLESS HARD WORK."
No one offered me the
advice I'm giving you in this mini-course for free. I learned from
experience what worked and what didn't. I read lots of marketing eBooks
too. I now manage to make some income from my online efforts after 13
years. Maybe I am just a slow learner! I have hundreds of people in
some of my older traffic exchange downlines. I went through one downline
the other day and out of 347 downline members, 8 of them were active
members. I venture that those 8 people are making some money online and
the other 339 people simply gave up. Those are not very cheery odds are
TRUST ME IT IS NOT AS
EASY AS THEY MAKE IT SOUND IN THE MARKETING ADS! Making serious or any
money at all online is work. You DO need multiple income sources, not
just one product. You do need to FOCUS and promote 1, 2 or at the most 3
good solid products at once.
Vasser's Third Law of Internet Marketing: "YOU WON'T SELL
ANYTHING WITH NO TRAFFIC!"
Traffic is the thing.
But there are VARIOUS qualities of traffic! Search Engine Traffic is the
best. These are people LOOKING for YOUR STUFF! Can't beat it.
Next comes Link
Exchange Traffic which comes from people interested in products SIMILAR
to one they are looking at buying or have bought.
Next comes Sponsored
Ads! These are purchased banner ads and text links on sites appealing to
your market. (I found that PAID search engine inclusion was a huge waste
of money for me.)
After sponsored ads
comes what I term DIRTY TRAFFIC. First in the dirty traffic category
comes manual traffic exchanges.
Then comes the far less desirable automatic traffic exchange traffic.
I think I actually may
be the KING of DIRTY TRAFFIC. A rather dubious title I know. I've
learned a couple of things about DIRTY TRAFFIC. FIRST, I know it does
not sell very well. SECOND, I know it DRAMATICALLY improves search
engine ranking. Traffic exchange hits will increase your Alexa ranking
and some search engines love a high Alexa ranking as much as we
Southerners love iced tea sweetened with pure cane sugar with a lemon
twist at the fish camp on a Friday night.
There were lots of
so-called "gurus" offering to sell their traffic exchange secrets at
$19.95 a copy and there is one even now who is now charging way more than
$100. The one charging way more than $100 guarantees "3,000 hits a
month" if you'll just buy his eBook on using traffic exchanges and then
use his methods. When I saw this I laughed so hard my side ached! I
guarantee you'll get more hits using my methods for free than you'll get
using his methods for $149 or whatever he's charging this week. Some
aspects of our systems may actually be exactly the same techniques, but I
won't ever know for sure because I'm not giving him $149 to find out!
I've often been told I
should sell the information on this very page in an e-Book too, but I'd
rather just keep building massive traffic downlines. I'm not capturing
your email so I can spam you either. I just want bigger traffic
Frankly all I hope to
get out of sharing this information is that you'll sign up for a few
extra exchanges using referral links from The Hit Machine pages once you
learn how to get better organized and maximize your surfing
First a few
definitions must be clarified:
AUTOMATIC TRAFFIC EXCHANGE = A traffic exchange that does not require active
participation by the user. You can turn off the monitor or walk away if
you want and still earn traffic. (Often called "dirty" traffic or "gray"
traffic. I prefer to call it "nasty" but I still use it to build Alexa
MANUAL TRAFFIC EXCHANGE = A traffic exchange that requires active participation
by the user who must click on a color, number, letter, word or symbol in
order to obtain credit for the page viewed, or to advance to the next
page. Somewhat dirty because some people only look at your page for 1 or
2 seconds and then click out. Manual traffic exchanges in the hands of
someone like me are DIRTY. I don't look at much besides the things I
need to look at such as the surf bar and watch for prize & verification
TARGET URL = The website address you post to receive hits on the traffic
= The website address you advertise to recruit new members
into your traffic exchange downlines. Refer enough members and you'll
only have to surf the minimum requirement to stay active while your
downline earns most of your hits for you!
RATIO = A
2:1 ratio means that after you view two pages you have earned one view of
your page displayed to someone else. 1:1 may sound much better
initially but often it takes much longer to get your hits delivered on a
1:1 exchange. There are 3:2 exchanges where you get four hits back for
every six pages surfed and then some 5:1 exchanges where you have to surf
five pages to get one hit back. The 5:1 exchanges usually have more
generous referral commissions, bonus awards or other features to make
them more appealing, but a 5:1 surf ratio on the surface sounds
uninviting. I know of one GORGEOUS traffic exchange right now offering a
5:1 ratio to free members so I surf there.
ROTATOR = One "Master URL" that leads to a site which is
programmed to send the visitor to one of many target URL's you wish to
ROTATE and have programmed into the rotator service. This is a very
valuable tool. Unfortunately rotators are often misused to sneak sites
into exchanges that ordinarily would never have been approved, so the
exchange administrators ban rotators. But I use them wherever I can.
PRO EXCHANGE = One that charges a fee to participate with no free level
of service available. Iíve used some of them.
SURF FOR CASH EXCHANGE = One that you can join for free and get free traffic, but
which also offers the "opportunity" to "earn" money if you
"invest" a fee. You WILL lose this fee when the exchange fails or
closes. So many of these have come and gone that ďinvestingĒ is not
advised. More on surf for cash exchanges later.
Some people constantly
belittle AUTOMATIC exchanges as absolutely worthless. Actually I am
convinced that they are far from it.
Through careful analysis and tracking we have found that (surprisingly
to me might I add) automatic exchanges can be somewhat effective for a
limited number of uses. Automatic exchanges do not
sell products as well as manual exchanges, but they can be effective as a
way to obtain signups into free programs such as other traffic exchanges
or newsletters. They also generate tons of "unique" visitors which is
good to boost your rankings in the legitimate search engines. To
emphasize that automatic traffic exchanges are not as completely devoid
of worth as some would have you believe, allow me to me explain that in
2003 I won a referral contest at MOJO HITS simply by displaying a custom
designed MOJO HITS referral page exclusively on automatic traffic
exchanges! Winning first prize is always nice, but proving that the
automatic exchanges can and indeed do work might have been the thing of
greatest value I gained from the experience. I also won round one of the
2006 Mobhits referral competition, but I used a combination of manual and
auto exchanges for that contest because it was so close since this time I
was competing against some traffic exchange owners like Binky Melnik who
owned about 6 traffic exchanges and could throw tons of free traffic at
their referral page spread over all the exchanges they owned. I still
won, but it was close.
Perhaps of even
greater importance to some webmasters than getting free signups is the
fact that many search engines use complicated processes to determine
search engine rankings. Many of the more sophisticated search engines
not only index your site content and catalog relevant links to your site
from other sites, but their "spiders" also examine your site's traffic
ranking including total unique views and time spent viewing and
other data regarding your site's traffic. More and more people are using
automatic exchanges to boost search ranking. That is why you often see
sites in automatic exchanges that don't look like they really belong
there among all the usual MLM's, traffic exchange referral pages and
randomizers. Ever noticed a dental office, realtor or veterinarian web
page in a traffic exchange? Someone hired to boost search engine ranking
for these "misfits" are using automatic exchanges to generate unique hits
and they aren't expecting you to call for an appointment, buy a house or
bring your dog in for their shots. They simply want to improve their
search placement, and it is proven that traffic exchanges can do that.
For that purpose, automatic traffic exchanges work very well!
aspect of the automatic exchanges is to use them to display pages or
banners for which you get some sort of credit or payment in return. For
example, at the bottom of this page is a banner with a frame that says
"Click here for free banner advertising." That is a banner exchange
banner. I get credit for showing it to you here. In return someone else
will display one of my banners on their site. If you wanted to, you
could put banners from two or three or even twenty banner exchanges on
one page and then send traffic to that banner page in the automatic
exchanges. You'd rack up tons of banner displays for your banners! In
fact, so many people were doing exactly that very thing that it drove
some exchanges to specifically prohibit pages of that type. These pages
with nothing but a long row of banners on them are sometimes called
"Banner Farm" pages. By using banner exchanges you do risk that many of
your banner displays will be on auto exchanges, but some will be
displayed on manual exchanges too and some even on much more highly
ranked websites than yours through traditional website visits! These
banners count as "LINKS IN" to the search engines when they find one,
which also improves your search ranking! Search engine spiders love to
find links into your site!
Do you take advantage of this? Some manual traffic exchanges give you
manual exchange credits for showing your referral page for their site.
Some don't care where you show it either. So when their terms allow, it
is perfectly fine to post your referral page for the manual exchange in
an auto exchange and let the automatic surfers earn you easy and free
manual traffic! Be sure to read the terms carefully and make certain the
practice is permissible with the exchange whose referral page you wish to
use in this manner.
See, I told you
automatic traffic exchanges were far from worthless! Has what I've
offered so far given you any ideas on how quickly and cheaply you can
easily increase views of your site? Well, keep reading for more!
Exchanges eat up website bandwidth allotments like a starving troll, so I
post mostly referral links to affiliate programs or traffic exchanges
there. That way the auto surfers are burning up some other webmaster's
bandwidth instead of my personal sites bandwidth. I do post some of my
free signups on auto surfs though, like The Hit Machine mini-site you are
visiting now. However, I mainly post links to my own websites on manual
exchanges. Sometimes I post my own sites in automatic exchanges. It
depends on what I need to accomplish at the time.
You'll get no argument
from me! I agree that manual traffic exchanges sell products better than
This is because
the user has to sit there and wait for the timer to run down before he
can click to the next site. But usually in truth he has at least 10
other tabs open and is not paying much attention to your wonderful
content I always figure a manual traffic exchange viewer is going to see
my page for a few seconds at the very most. However, you should know
that some manual traffic exchanges are more effective than others. Some
other manual exchanges can be tricked by cheaters who possess special
software applications into running pretty much like an automatic
exchange. Therefore, do be cautious about how much time you spend
clicking for hits on manual exchanges that do not require you to
click on an "action link" (a color, number, letter, symbol, photo or
word) or does not have surf verification pages because these are the ones
that I've been informed can be cheated the easiest. I've been told that
they all can be cheated but that it gets harder once you have to make a
choice of "action" links. It also isn't wise to invest a huge amount of
time building up thousands of hits in a spanking new exchange with less
than a thousand members. Really, do you want each member to see your
site 297 times a day?
Be very wary of
any traffic exchange promising a cash return on an investment just for
surfing. Sure, I sign up on them as a free member and
you should too. I just never plan on collecting a cent and I never pay
them money in order to "earn" as long as I can get the traffic for free!
I've seen literally hundreds upon hundreds of traffic exchanges fail over
the past 13 years and many of them had "cash" or "money" or "earn" or
"dollars" in their site name. In fact at the height of the Ponzi-surf
craze a few years back it was not unusual to delete 20 or more failed
exchanges from my system weekly. It became more trouble than it was
worth to try to keep up with them.
If you invest money in
one of these Surf For Cash Exchanges and the site goes offline, you just
lost your entire "investment", if you can call it an investment. In
order to recoup your "investment" at a 2% payout, you'd have to surf
their required quota every day for 50 days just to break even. Should
the exchange go broke before then, you'll lose your investment! Also
important is the minimum payout (which isn't usually displayed on
the recruitment page but instead is buried in the fine print on the
"terms" page.) If the minimum payout is $50 and you are earning 2% per
day on an investment of $10, and allowing that you surf the required
daily quota, you would have to surf the required number of pages for 250
days just to get to the minimum payout. Use EXTREME caution if you are
"investing" in these Surf-For-Pay traffic exchanges. I consider them
about the most risky investment you can make on or off of the Internet.
Actually it is more of a gamble than an investment! Periods come where a
very elite group of these surf-for-cash outfits seem to be holding their
own for a while and then "POOF" they are gone. But picking which ones
will last long enough to get your money back is a gamble. I still like
the odds at blackjack or craps better, and those games are actually fun.
The same rule applies to both casino gambling and the surf for
cash/investment exchanges, and that rule is: "Don't bet more than you
can afford to lose!"
"The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put
it back in your pocket." (Will Rogers)
Background: In early
February of 2006 the auto-surf for cash with investment required outfit
known as 12 Daily Pro.Com was for all practical purposes shut down when
payment service Stormpay froze the 12 Daily Pro account. With
investigations in progress by Attorney Generals in at least two states,
GA & NC, and probably other government entities as well, It was
finished. Ms. Charis Johnson owned 12 Daily Pro. She lived in an
apartment in Charlotte NC. If she actually knew how to invest money to
make up to a 44% return every 12 days, which is what her site promised to
pay, then why did she live in a rental apartment instead of a mansion in
the affluent Southpark, Tega Cay or Ballantyne communities with the rest
of the Charlotte investment wizards? Thousands of people lost a lot of
money on 12 Daily Pro. The major TV news networks and local stations in
the USA covered the story bringing bad press to the exchange industry in
general. Back then, Stormpay was exactly like Paypal, except they would
process payments for MLM's which Paypal won't do. The fallout from the
12 Daily Pro debacle brought the FBI, FTC and who-knows-who-all down onto
Stormpay and shortly thereafter Stormpay discontinued everything except
their auction business. Frankly I've not heard of STORMPAY since.
Following this in May
2006 Paypal "clarified" their terms. Paypal has always frowned on any
MLM type activities that used Paypal as a payment method. You've
probably heard horror stories from people about how Paypal "froze" their
account for no good reason. In many of these cases the accounts were
probably frozen for either receiving payments from MLM or Ponzi type
Since the StormPay
debacle, Paypal reinforced their terms and stepped up enforcement. Most
traffic exchanges that use Paypal are responded to the Paypal terms by
banning Ponzi exchanges from being advertised on their exchanges. Others
went so far as to ban all automatic traffic exchanges!
In some cases exchange
owners went the extra mile and restructured their own referral credit
systems to have only one downline level. This is very bad news for
people like me with lots of members in my traffic exchange downlines who
aren't on level 1. This is being done by exchanges who have multi-level
downlines and who pay cash commissions to members for referring new
members who go pro, buy account upgrades or buy traffic packages. In
essence some of the traffic exchange referral structures were based on a
MLM and Paypal says you can't do that using a Paypal account.
I don't surf for cash. I just want the traffic. Really, think about
this for a minute! Earning 20 cents a day surfing on a "cash scam
exchange" isn't going to cover the electricity to run the computer for
the 10 hours you would need to surf to earn 20 cents. Earning 20 cents a
day is NOT why I got into Internet marketing. If you think
20 cents a day sounds like a good return, you might want to
consider a new career! Domino's drivers earn at least minimum wage.
Even with the free
surf-to-earn sites that do not require an investment to earn I'm afraid
you will be disappointed if you are signing up and surfing to earn money
because as much as we surf, we've never seen one of these pay off to us
yet. It hurts bad enough when an exchange goes offline with our hard
earned hits unspent! I'm certainly not letting them take my money with
them too. So just take the FREE traffic and be happy with it!
Just remember you want to earn traffic.
If by some miracle you
should actually get paid by any traffic site under any circumstances that
would just be a happy accident! Maybe you got a referral who upgraded
earning you a commission. Or perhaps you won a surfing contest or
referral contest and got paid. But getting paid just for surfing is an
accident that breaks the general rule that they never pay off. Of course
there are exceptions to that rule as there are to all rules. What tends
to happen almost 100% of the time is that the paid-to-surf sites will
fail just about the same time that a significant number of members are
just about to reach the minimum payoff threshold. Others announce they
are dropping the paid-to-surf feature because it isn't workable as people
start to approach the payoff point. What a coincidence!
Size of membership
does not make a Ponzi-Surf or a free Paid-To-Surf exchange exempt from
the rule either. One of the other notable failures was a top-ten
autosurf site called Cashits with a huge active membership, it died on
June 22nd, 2004. So size of membership and number of pages being surfed
seems to have no bearing on the rule that all paid-to-surf sites will
eventually close with no warning or discontinue the paid to surf feature.
Don't say I didn't
warn you. So remember, it is ok to use paid-to-surf programs as a free
member, but not as a long term money making investment vehicle!
The important thing you want to earn is traffic! Also, don't let
your hits pile up in any traffic exchange unused! Make sure you keep
them assigned and getting hits to your site. Sooner or later that "surf
to earn" site is going to die, so don't let them fail with a ton of hits
unused! What about the more recent auto-surf-to-earn king "Studio
Traffic" you ask? It was no exception to the rule and closed down
without a word of warning in early April 2006 taking everyone's money
with it. I earlier said here on this page, "I won't be surprised if it
suddenly vanishes without warning too!" It sure did! The surf-for-cash
sites that require an investment to earn an outrageous return are nothing
more than cleverly disguised Ponzi schemes and as all Ponzi's will suffer
a sudden collapse. Lots of people will lose their money. The
sudden vaporizations are just too numerous but I've listed some of the
more infamous ones.
Pro Traffic Exchanges and Pro Upgrades are a completely different
animal than the Investment Surf for Cash Exchanges!
Pro Traffic Exchanges are usually honest reliable programs. By paying a
one-time fee or a monthly fee you get many perks including extra hits,
extra banners, longer page exposures, a more favorable surf ratio, random
referrals added to your downline and sometimes rotation priority. This
may be worth the expense if you want the maximum return on your time
spent surfing and building your downline. We use several of these
services with excellent results. Remember also that any premium
membership fees are tax deductible as a legitimate business
advertising expense. (That $50 you lost in the failed "surf-for-cash"
exchange may not be! Consult your tax accountant.)
There is one
disturbing Pro upgrade feature to watch out for that has started to pop
up recently. That feature is paying members being allowed to auto-surf
on a manual exchange. That benefit to pro members dilutes the value of a
free member's hard earned manual hits. It doesn't make them completely
worthless, but still I'd rather it not happen at all. It has made two
otherwise good looking manual exchanges that I know of much less
appealing to me and reduced my time spent surfing on them. This new
feature also has me checking the upgrade features on all manual
You are not
required to pay to earn traffic at any site I recommend, except
one. That one is 123 Clicks. I highly recommend it because it has
been a Top 10 manual exchange with a minimum one time
fee of $5 required to join. You will get your money's worth with
this pro exchange. It has been in business for about 15 years. It will
pay a cash reward you for recruiting new members, but does not cash
reward you for surfing. There is a difference between the investment
scam exchanges and pro only exchanges! PRO EXCHANGES are GREAT!
END OF LESSON NUMBER
TAKE A BREAK HERE IF
YOU NEED ONE!
Golden Rules of The Hit Czar:
1. Surf unto others as
you would have them surf unto you.
2. Thou Target URL shalt
be a splash page that loads within 7 seconds on a 28.8 modem.
3. Thou shalt not use
rotators which display someone else's banner ads in the header. Verily,
thou shalt not use popup on entry ads either.
4. Thou shalt discipline
thyself to surf thy goal every single day.
5. What credits thou lost
when thou missed surfing one day, thou shalt be condemned to make up the
6. Woe be unto all who
attempt to cheat! For they shall be condemned to
banned by the Pharisees who rule over the exchanges.
7. Thou shalt not post
thy start link from Hitpulse as thy target URL on AUTOHITS.
Ok, all kidding aside,
let's look at each rule separately.
Rule 1 means that if you want people to look at your pages, look at
theirs! It also means that you will not post any FRAME BREAKING URL's
that stop the surf or popup ads that likewise interfere with the surf.
Also, if you are using ROTATORS, don't use them to mask illegal pages.
You will get caught. People like me LIVE to report bad sites in
Rule 2 is
one of the most broken of the seven. You may have a cable or DSL
broadband connection yourself, but always remember that many people
are surfing with a standard dial up connection. If your page takes 7
seconds to load on a 10 second hit exchange, that means that the viewer
has 3 seconds to look at it. If your site takes 20 seconds to load and
you post it on a 10 second hit exchange, folks with a dialup will never
see it at all no matter how beautiful it is or how great that flash intro
or video looks! "Here's Your Sign" as comedian Jeff Foxworthy
says. Surfers are never going to patiently wait for your site to
load, then view your site, and then click out. Trust me on the following
fact. Just as soon as that counter hits zero, they are clicking
whether your site has loaded or not. Don't ever kid yourself into
TIP 1: I check my sites I want to display on a traffic exchange by
using FrontPage's little timer in the lower right hand corner and if it
says more than 7 seconds on a 28.8 modem is required for the page to
load, I reduce the content until it loads in 7 seconds or less. Less is
better of course!
TIP 2: I have learned to use super fast loading TEASER pages on the
exchanges that try to grab the attention of the viewer. These TEASER
pages have just enough information to lead the viewer into clicking on
the link for the slower loading full page with all the graphics and
banner ads, sound and flashy doo-dads. Some people call these "DOORWAY
PAGES" or "POSTCARD PAGES" or more recently the term "SPLASH PAGE" came
into fashion, but they are actually more correctly in longstanding
advertising terminology "TEASER" ADS. These attention grabbing tease
pages are nothing new. Teasers have been used since advertising began.
A good traffic exchange teaser ad SHOULD tempt or even taunt you into
clicking to see the slower loading main page which is then converted to a
targeted view because they were interested and wanted to see your page!
(A true "doorway page" is technically a page you build to specifically
cater to one particular search engine and has nothing to do with Traffic
Exchanges at all! Yet, some people often call "teaser ads" "doorway
pages" anyway. Call them whatever you want, but use them whenever your
main page is slow to load.) Always set up the links in your Teaser Pages
to open in a new window. Click
HERE for one example of one of the
very first teaser pages I used for a site that took far too long to
load. It is stark, but it loads in a fraction of a second and it worked
because it made me more money than the main product page alone!
Tip 3: I'm seeing lots of exchanges offering SPLASH pages to get
referrals, but some of these SPLASH pages are so graphic intensive that
they take longer to load than the actual sign up page! Sure they are
pretty...and pretty slow loading too! The whole point of a Tease (or
SPLASH) Page is to keep it to under 2 seconds load time!
Now letís talk about
the use of ROTATORS & pop-up ads. Rotators are VERY cool tools.
I use several different ones for different applications. However, I
won't use any rotator that has an ad for anyone else on it. I call these
CLEAN rotators. ďCleanĒ means it is a rotator that shows
ONLY my page and nothing else to distract the
viewer. With free rotators that also display banner ads for someone
else, remember that while you are showing your ad for the new "Whatagimmick
4800" there could also be a banner ad from a competitor who is
selling the same "Whatagimmick 4800" at a cut-throat price posted
right there on your page. That is a big "ouchie". Also, some of these
rotating banners plant cookies for their referral link inside a viewer's
computer which gives credit to that banner link EVEN when they click on
YOUR link for the same product weeks later! Beware of using someone
else's banners on YOUR pages.
I use "clean" rotators
on all exchanges that allow them. I love them. It is far easier to log
into the rotator control panel and change one link there, than it is to
log into 475 different traffic exchanges to change the very same link 475
different times. But, some unscrupulous advertisers misuse rotators by
hiding frame breakers and other term violating sites in them. This often
leads administrators to ban rotators altogether which is very bad for the
honest people like us. Also, some rotators are faster loading than
others. IMPORTANT: Keep in mind also that if your rotator
service ever has a server problem that you will be showing blank error
pages on every traffic exchange where that rotator is posted as a target
URL. It is a risk I'm willing to take though for the convenience. For
links to rotator services that I use, see the Webmaster Tools page from
the Hit Machine main menu.
By using a rotator on some exchanges, you'll be reducing the number of
hits you get daily! Some exchanges, but not all of them, will only show
a specific URL one time to the same visitor in the same day. Since a
rotator uses the same URL to display all your sites, that visitor will
only see one of your sites at the most that day from each rotator you
post! If you had listed all of your sites individually a visitor might
have seen more of them since they all have different URL's. So, to
circumvent this issue, I use MULTIPLE rotators! Listing two can
double your exposure, using three will triple exposure and so on.
Further, using multiple rotator services also mitigates your lost traffic
should one rotator service have a server outage since the other service
will still be working.
TIP 2: To increase your displays of your hottest program pages, upload
the same page to two or even more different URL's and list all these
different URL's in the exchanges! The pages will look and behave exactly
the same, but to the traffic exchange script, they are all different
sites! This way you can "trick" the traffic exchange script into
showing the same page to the same viewer twice or more in the same day!
Ever thought of doing that? Hey, that's why I'm here!
TIP 3: Why use only ONE rotator in a traffic exchange? I use as many
as four rotators in some exchanges that allow rotators! Some rotators
are loaded with different categories of pages but others are exact
duplicates. I have one rotator that is nothing but traffic exchange
referral pages. I run that one for about 5% of my traffic right now. I
have another rotator that is nothing but my personal products for use on
manual exchanges. Yet another is affiliate marketing pages for use on
automatic exchanges that burn bandwidth like a bonfire. Still another is
viral marketing pages. You can also link from one rotator to another!
For example, in my rotator that I use for manual exchanges, I have
entered the URL of my viral traffic exchange referral rotator. When a
hot new exchange launches, I put it in all the rotators for a while, then
reduce it to running in the manual traffic referral rotator after a few
For the same reason
that I won't use a rotator that displays other people's ads, I have never
used popup ads on entry. This just makes the viewer less responsive to
your page in general and slows down your site's load time which is
a very bad thing to do.
Dave's First Law of Popups: Everyone but you hates
your pop-ups. I used to sell popup generating software. It sold well. If you
simply must use pop-ups, use pop-ups on exit because you've
already lost the sale by then. There are exceptions to every rule.
However the only exception to this one is to use pop-ups on entry when
you want absolutely no chance that the viewer is going to have anything
to do with you or your product. Traffic exchange visitors see your page
for only a few seconds anyway, so why obscure it with something that only
annoys the visitor and obscures your page?
I honestly don't think
pop-ups are very effective on the traffic exchanges any longer because so
many people have pop-up killers running. If you are using certain free
hosting services you are probably forced to have pop-up ads on entry and
you can't turn them off. Instead, we recommend that you use cheap paid
hosting like the hosting service on our Webmaster Links page. If you
can't afford $2.75 per month for hosting, you might have to deal with
pop-ups. But frankly $2.75 a month is a very small price to pay for no
pop-ups and there is no valid reason to use free hosting when you can get
pop-up free hosting so inexpensively. You spend far more than that for
electricity to run one computer! You'll also be able to get your own
.com email addresses out of the deal which makes you look more
Pop-ups have one foot
in the grave and the other on a banana peel! Start abandoning them now!
As ineffective as they are, it is going to get rapidly worse. I should
point out however that java pop-ups like FLY-IN ADS and INSTANT BUZZ ads
still work on the new Internet Explorer, but I don't recommend them
either. They simply obscure your primary website's message and frustrate
the visitor. They also increase the load time for your site which is a
bad, bad thing!
Rule 4 requires first that you set a goal of how many pages you are
going to surf each day. Myself, I surf 50 on most exchanges. You might
want to start with 20 at first and then work yourself up (or down) to
whatever number you can routinely handle. When I say that I surf 50
sites a day, I mean that I surf approximately 30 different manual hit
exchanges for 50 clicks each. That really is a total of 1,500 manual
clicks per day. If I thought of the task as requiring 1,500 clicks I
would never do it! But by saying "I'm surfing 50 clicks" I can get it
done. It is all in your head anyway! A few exchanges I surf way more
than 50. For example on Top Tier, Web Biz Insider and Splash Page Surfer
I surf 250 per day to get the huge daily bonuses.
Sometimes I even surf
up to 50 manual exchanges at 50 pages each per day for a total of 2,500
clicks when I'm in "the zone" or if I've skipped a day and I need to make
up lost ground. Once you set your goal you must stick to it. It is
easier to stay caught up than it is to catch up, so discipline is
important! As the old sayings go, "plan
your work and work your plan," and also remember
"that which does not kill me only makes me
stronger." Some sites will move you to inactive status if you
don't surf enough each week. By surfing every exchange at least 50 times
every week I'll always stay active. (Whenever your account is inactive
you will not be getting hits to your sites and some sites will not credit
your referrals to you! Others will DELETE all your sites, banners and
text ads so you have to reload them all.)
is really Rule 4-b. If you can't surf one day, you have to make it up
the next day! Otherwise you get so behind that you will never catch up!
When you skip a day, you are cheating YOURSELF out of business!
Rule 6 is a real sore spot with lots of honest surfers. I'm probably
preaching to the choir here, but cheaters never prosper. Cheaters who
are caught will also get banned. One manual exchange that I really
enjoyed, SNYGL, closed around June 20, 2004 and in their "farewell" email
the owner cited cheating as the reason. Cheaters hurt everyone,
including themselves. There is software called "AUTO HITS MACHINE" out
there for sale along with other variations of other cheating software.
It has NOTHING to do with this site or our surfing practices, other than
they stole part of our name. You may be tempted to try this software,
but it is very unethical. I always look at who is selling this junk
whenever I see an ad for it. That way I know who for sure is a crook!
Anyone who will cheat a traffic exchange out of something
that is basically free anyway will happily cheat you out of
your money the very first chance they get.
When one hit exchange
bans you and brands you a cheater, they can put your name in circulation
on "THE LIST" which details all cheaters by their IP and
email addresses. Get your name or IP address on this list and you'll
find yourself getting booted from the other exchanges for even a minor
infraction or sometimes for no reason at all. You will also find it
downright impossible to get approved to join other exchanges. Sometimes
there are so many cheaters in one nation or region that a traffic
exchange admin will ban that entire country or region from membership!
webmasters are a surprisingly tight knit bunch and they do communicate
among themselves far more often than most surfers probably realize. They
have their own forums, assocations, business relationships, partnerships,
etc. Also, some admins are running up to 25 different major exchanges.
I had one manual exchange admin tell me once that my time was being
wasted on one of his sites because the cheaters were burning up all my
honestly earned credits with auto-cheating software. He eventually shut
that site down. (This site did not have any "action link" protection at
all by the way. Lesson learned on the action link requirement.)
Rule 7 is just another way to cheat. Some people like to post their
start link from one traffic exchange as the target URL on another
exchange, most often on auto-surf exchanges. This is so stupid!
They are so easily caught because their user name and start page link are
right there! Someone will report you to BOTH SITES and you will get
BUSTED. Don't even think about it, unless you really want to get banned
at record speed from two exchanges at ONCE. (see rule 6, paragraph 2).
LESSON NUMBER 2.
BREAK HERE! YOU NEED ONE!
WORK LIES AHEAD!
Already! How Do I Get Hits?"
OK. Here's how I do
it. This is a condensed explanation of the method I've evolved into
after 13 years of trial and error and more trials and more errors. No
one did this for me, so you are getting a tremendous advantage here!
First- Download and
install either combination of the following. The freewares CRAZYBROWSER
and FIREFOX or download and install the freewares MAXTHON and FIREFOX
browsers. You'll find links to all four tools on the WEBMASTER LINKS
page of this website. These are the browsers you will use for most of
and Firefox function just like Internet Explorer with three major
Difference 1- Each have some built in popup killer capability.
Difference 2- Each allows you to build GROUPS of start links and start
an entire group with only one click.
Difference 3- Each allows you to open multiple tabbed pages within one
single browser. If I tried to open 35 Internet Explorer windows my
processor would be southern fried extra crispy! Instead of opening 35
windows what CrazyBrowser, Maxthon & Firefox do is open many tabbed pages
in one browser window instead of completely separate windows. So, it is
no problem to open 20 Firefox tabs on any decent XP computer! You may
say that the new Internet Explorer allows you to use tabbed pages too,
but it also has security vulnerabilities Firefox does not have.
Now the next few
paragraphs make an IMPORTANT POINT so read them carefully! The old
CRAZYBROWSER and the new MAXTHON browsers both are based on Windows
Internet Explorer, so they suffer from the same security vulnerabilities
IE does. Meanwhile FIREFOX is based on the MOZILLA browser which is a
completely different animal! MOZILLA was also the basis for the old
NETSCAPE browser by the way.
People who DESIGN
viruses, Adware, Spyware, automatically installing programs nobody wants
and other nasty malware want their garbage installed on as many computers
as possible. An overwhelming majority, over 60%, of people use INTERNET
EXPLORER. Therefore these scoundrels always set up their attacks for
Internet Explorer. FIREFOX and other Mozilla based browers are
functionally immune from all these nasty things unless specifically
targeted. So, it is best to use FIREFOX as your PRIMARY surfing tool. A
SMALL number of traffic exchanges are Internet Explorer dependent and
will ONLY work on an Internet Explorer based browser like MAXTHON or the
old CRAZYBROWSER. Most of the IE dependent ones are probably thinking of
updating their sites to work with Firefox so by the time you read this
they may have changed.
NOTE! Recently a
similar new freeware product called Avant Browser came onto the scene.
Our tests of this product were very disappointing with frequent crashes
and lockups during all tests with 12 or more tabbed windows open on three
different machines, even the 4 screen "beast" that we custom built just
for surfing traffic exchanges.
Another new promising
browser is Apple's SAFARI for PC's. We have done some limited testing
with it and while not feature packed with optional ADD-ONS like Firefox,
Safari is a very clean basic compact browser. More recently GOOGLE
rolled out their CHROME browser which is very reliable and perfectly
acceptable too. We like using CHROME and it is very lightweight on
resources. However most of the time we use FIREFOX as it is very stable.
We use Firefox as much
as possible because while certainly not perfect it is far more stable for
us on our machines. Your results may vary however, so feel free to
compare CrazyBrowser, Maxthon, Firefox, Safari, Chrome & Avant Browsers
yourself if you wish. Please do let me know the results of your
comparison! MAXTHON is VERY promising and we have tested it but we
haven't switched over 100% to it yet as we have about 200 bookmarks to
move from CrazyBrowser. But based on our tests we think MAXTHON has some
stability improvements over CrazyBrowser and it is likely we will switch
over 100% eventually. The TE Browser touts that it is specifically for
traffic exchange surfers, but unless you upgrade with the paid version it
isn't very feature rich. The free Firefox and the rest work just
This bears repeating.
WE USE FIREFOX for every exchange which functions correctly with it.
If it doesn't load, you can't click or you aren't getting credits load it
into MAXTHON or CrazyBrowser and you'll probably see that it works fine.
You'll need to surf that site with one of those IE based browsers instead
of FIREFOX. There are very few IE dependent exchanges left today.
We tested the "NOSCRIPT"
Firefox Add-on and found it works well.
The maximum number of tabbed Firefox, Maxthon or Crazybrowser windows you
can open depends upon your operating system, your processor's speed &
capacity, what programs you have running in the background such as
anti-virus, and is heavily dependent upon your machines available RAM.
Memory is cheap and we use 2GB on our best machine, both our other older
machines are loaded to their maximum RAM capacity. If your machine
starts running slowly you may have too many tabs open for your machine's
capacity, so close a few. Again it will take some experimentation to see
what your machine can handle. I even use an old Windows 98 machine to
surf some, I just can't open as many tabs on it! So if you have an old
machine you aren't using much, drag it out and use it too. There's
nothing wrong with surfing on 2, 3 or even 6 computer screens that are
side by side! That is exactly what I do. As long as you can see the
screen you aren't cheating, just make sure your internet connection can
handle it. DSL or Cable is preferable for multiple computer surfing.
You'll just need to add a router and hook your computers into the router!
IF YOU BUILD IT, HITS WILL COME!
Now that you have all
the software you'll need, let's build YOUR CUSTOM SURFING SYSTEM! Open
your NOTEPAD program, WORD or any word processing program and create 6
different files. Label them as follows:
1- Easy Auto Surf
2- Login Auto Surf
3- Auto Surf Referral
4- Easy Manual Surf
5- Login Manual Surf
6- Manual Surf
7- CRAZYBROWSER or
8- CRAZYBROWSER or
There are two basic
kinds of traffic exchanges, automatic and manual. There
also are two subgroups of those, EASY and LOGIN. This
means that there are four basic kinds of traffic exchanges. We suggest
creating a place to list your start links for each group plus a page for
referral links for the manual and automatic groups. You could also
create a folder labeled "banners" for banner links from those exchanges
that have good looking banners you might want to use, but it is not
required at this time.
TIP: "Easy Surfers"
are traffic exchanges with a start link that you click and then "WHAM"
you are surfing with no login required.
"Login to Surf"
traffic exchanges require you to login with your user name and password
and then click a "SURF" link on the control panel or "Member" page.
It is good to keep
them separated that way because it is handy to have all your EASY surf
sites ready for when you have a few minutes to kill but not a great while
to spend logging in before you can get started surfing. I tend to surf
the "EASY SURFERS" more than the "LOG-IN's."
TIP 1: Often the sites that require you to login to surf are the same
ones which do not automatically assign credits to your sites, so be sure
to check when you login that you have credits assigned to the links you
want to get hits.
TIP 2: There is no advantage to saving up hits since exchanges
can go out of business and some take longer than others to deliver your
traffic. So assign your credits each time you login or when finished
Fourth- As you sign
up for hit exchanges, place the surf link and the referral link on the
appropriate pages in your document file after testing out the site to see
precisely which category it falls into AND WHETHER OR NOT IT WORKS WITH
FIREFOX. I put the user name and password for each site into my referral
file also. If a site won't surf correctly with FIREFOX, then put it into
the appropriate CrazyBrowser or MAXTHON file.
TIP 1: After
every session where you make changes to these files, back them up onto
removal storage media so that if your computer gets toasted you still
have all your links. I keep 2 backups! I'm not losing all those links!
TIP 2: Some admins change their sites from auto to manual or
vice-versa at their whim and don't bother to tell anyone. So you might
think they are a manual site, when they have actually just added an
automatic option! Some change from manual to auto or vice-versa with
little or no notice. Others work as either an auto or manual exchange
depending on whether you want to surf for manual hits or auto-surf for
auto-surf hits. So, always TEST the site before entering it into
a group to see how it is working at the present time.
Fifth- Start signing
up for exchanges from our Manual & Auto Surfer pages! I would start with
the sites rated "A+" first and then work my way down the list as time
TIP: If you want to build big downlines fast, promote the NEWER
exchanges as you will get more signups.
Sixth- Now it is time
to start building groups in your Crazybrowser or MAXTHON, here are
instructions PRECISELY SPECIFIC to Crazybrowser, but the FIREFOX and
MAXTHON setups are VERY similar. You'll have no trouble adapting these
strategies to Firefox or Maxthon.
FIRST, go into you
individual text files for Login and EZ surfers. Divide the TOTAL NUMBER
of links you have by SEVEN. That is how many you'll need to surf EVERY
day to maintain your traffic properly. DO NOT PUT MORE THAN TEN SITES
into a group at first.
Left Click "GROUPS"
and from the drop down menu Left Click on "ORGANIZE GROUPS".
In the widow that
comes up, Right Click anywhere and from the drop down menu Left Click on
Name this new folder
"Easy Manual Monday" and press enter.
Repeat the process for
groups to use on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, etc.
Now start over and
this time name files "Login Manual Monday" and repeat as before.
You now should have
fourteen different manual groups.
If you are going to
use Autosurfers, repeat the entire 7 step process for folders named "Easy
Auto Monday", etc and "Login Auto Monday", etc. When complete, you
should have a total of 28 folders if you are doing both manual and
An alternate option is
just to copy each URL you wish to put into a group one at a time into the
browser and press "ENTER" to open the site. They will automatically open
in a new tabbed window every time you do it. Once you have the desired
number of tabbed windows open, click on GROUPS, then click on SAVE ALL
PAGES AS A GROUP and name the group whatever you like. This might be
easier for some people than the previous seven step process. Just do
whichever works best for you.
There is virtually
no limit to the number of groups you could create. If you wanted to
organize them by your own personal titles, that is fine! Just set your
groups up in a manner so that you can get organized for your traffic
needs now and leave allowances for growth in the future!
So if I have more than 70 links, what do I
do? My MONDAY MANUAL group became full, so I set up a "MONDAY MANUAL 2"
group. Then I have TWO manual groups to surf every Monday! That solved
the problem for a while. But lately with over 450 manual surfs to visit
I've started redesigning my personal system. Some surfs have weekly
requirements and some monthly. I've decided I'll have FIVE different
manual groups for each day of the week! There will be an "EVERY MONDAY"
group, a "First Monday" group, a "Second Monday" group, a "Third Monday"
group and a "Fourth Monday" group. If it is the second Monday of the
month, I'll be surfing both the "EVERY MONDAY" and the "SECOND MONDAY"
groups. In the rare months with a FIFTH Monday, I'll take the day off or
play some catch-up.
Give it some thought and figure out how you
really surf and set up Firefox, CrazyBrowser or MAXTHON to meet your
needs. They are quite flexible. So DO SOME PLANNING IN ADVANCE and
PRE-DIVIDE your surf links into groups before loading them into the
Seventh- Let's begin
to fill your groups up!
Now go to your
document file of EASY start page links and copy and paste the first one
into the Crazybrowser URL address window.
Once the page starts
loading Left Click on GROUPS.
Left Click on ADD TO
GROUP, then Left Click on the EASY group to which you wish to add that
Left Click OPEN to
finish placing that link into the group you selected. That page will now
load whenever you click that group button until you remove it!
Do the same until you
have built a group of about 5 to 7 links.
Now close Crazybrowser
down. Then reopen it and click on the group tab and then click on the
name of the group you just created.
See how it works?
CrazyBrowser and MAXTHON are tremendous time savers once you have your
groups arranged the way you like them. Now just click the tabs at the
top of the browser window to move through the various sites. No more
ALT/TAB required! It is very fast and efficient! And it is easy to add,
delete or move around links with a little practice. (HINT: Try pressing
the "CONTROL" and "TAB" buttons simultaneously to rotate through the tabs
to really speed up your clicking!)
Eighth- I have a
handful of select traffic exchanges entered into a group which I surf
EVERY single day of the week. These are what I consider the "MUST
SURFS" for me. I run the A+ type exchanges every single day. Once I
got those main sites added to the groups for each day of the week, I
started adding in the other traffic exchanges. Some sites I surf 7 days
a week, while some other manual exchanges, especially the newer exchanges
and those that deliver hits very slowly, I surf just enough to maintain
Do the same with your
automatic sites if you wish to run autosurfers. I run 126hits,
Autohits.dk & AutoSurfPro every single day, so they are in a group for
every single day of the week. Some others are in 2 or 3 groups and some
of the newer sites I'll surf just one day every month. Use your own
judgment here and remember you can change the links within your groups
whenever you like.
Ninth- Refer friends!
Refer contacts! Refer total strangers! This way you'll start earning
hits whenever your downline earns hits. This is a win-win situation!
Your friends get traffic and they are also earning you traffic. It
doesn't cost them anything at all! So refer away!
TIP: Early on, I started using two of the VIRAL TRAFFIC programs and
they were effective. I now use 14 different viral programs. You can get
links to all of the viral traffic programs I use on the Webmaster Links
page from the main menu. They are easy! You just signup, edit your
links and then post your viral traffic referral page in the hit
exchanges. They work and will help you build your downline! Even when
you are just starting out, they are a great free tool! With a viral
traffic program you can promote all the best traffic exchanges at the
Tenth- My Legal
Secret Weapon! Why use ONLY one computer when you can use
two or three or even more? Especially if you have a broadband
connection, you can connect two or more computers to a switcher/router
which costs about $50 (sometimes less on sale or used on eBay) and run
them all at once with little speed loss. I run two all the time and
three or even four some of the time. To surf the traffic exchanges you
don't need the latest and greatest machine either. I saw a pair of IBM
2153 computers sell for $85 total on eBay recently and they are just fine
for working the traffic exchanges. (One of my auxiliary machines is an
IBM 2153, but I've put an 80 gig hard drive in it and added the maximum
amount of ram it supports.) If you are considering buying an extra
computer to multiply your surfing, here are some suggested minimum
requirements: A Windows 98 machine with a 300 mhz processor, 256mb ram
(the more the better), 10/100 nic (network interface card) and a
monitor. Or even better would be an XP machine with 800 mhz processor,
512 mb ram (the more the better), 10/100 NIC (network interface card) and
a monitor. You can often find good bargains locally, on eBay or maybe
you already have an old computer you aren't using that would be just
perfect for surfing automatic exchanges. Use two computers and you
double your effectiveness, three and you can triple it! With three
computers you can autosurf on two of them while manual surfing on the
third. Now that turns you into a real Hit Machine! And it is all legal!
Eleventh- And finally,
build your own mini-version of The Hit Machine listing all your good
traffic exchange referral links and post it in the exchanges! (Naturally
you can't call it "The Hit Machine", so think up some other catchy
name!) Viral Traffic programs are good, but after a person has seen ANY
site 20 gazillion times they will start ignoring it. You were attracted
to The HIT MACHINE page because it was unique and slightly different from
the other sites you've seen today. So, make your own traffic exchange
link page as different looking as possible. Cookie cutter sites only
work for so long and then everyone gets burned out on seeing them and
tune them out faster than a screaming car dealer commercial on the
radio. This site started out as a simple one page list of my referral
links and you should build your own too.
END OF LESSON NUMBER
TAKE A BREAK HERE!
YOU NEED ONE!
Critical Safety Information Follows!
|It would be irresponsible of us to omit the following
information. The Internet is a far more vicious place than when I
started online marketing in 1998. Today, I would not dream of
surfing the Internet, much less Surf-For-Hits sites without my trusty
Anti-Virus software, Spyware/Adware blockers and firewalls fully
engaged. Kids who can't figure out how to apply their knowledge to
gainful endeavors apparently take a great deal of pleasure in
spreading viruses and other damaging scripts through Surf-For-Hits
sites and Music Downloading sites. Make sure your anti-virus
detection software is UP TO DATE and FULLY ENGAGED. We used NORTON
ANTI-VIRUS for over ten years. But there are several other effective
brands like TRENDMICRO which we have used for about 4 years now.
Also there is Kaspersky, McAfee, AVG or PC-Cillin.
I do have
links for you to the best free anti-virus software I could
find. I would use this ONLY if you simply can not afford TRENDMICRO,
Norton or one of the automatically updating variety. The links are
on the Webmaster Page.
keep multiple firewalls engaged with browser server rights blocked
ALL THE TIME. I use a switcher/router (which has a built in
hardware firewall) plus Zone Alarm. Maybe it is overkill, but better
safe than sorry! We learned the hard way when years ago someone used
one of our machines as a zombie server-bot in a denial of service
attack launched against another website. These kids today, what are
we going to do with 'em? A good place to start would be to download
the effective firewall called ZONE ALARM found on the Webmaster Links
page. Any good firewall should stop this kind of mischief though if
it allows you to block server rights on your browser. Also Zone
Alarm has yet to interfere with our login process on any traffic
exchanges. Other firewalls have been known to cause problems with
the traffic exchanges sometimes but we've never ever had a problem
with Zone Alarm and it is free.
Also, almost as bad as viruses is what I call SCUMWARE. Some people
call it Adware or Spyware. Security people call it Malware. I've
found that there is tons of Malware/Scumware installed without your
knowledge just by visiting sites! Ever found a "Comet Cursor" or
"Save Now" pop-ups on your computer? That's how it got there! How
do you get rid of Malware/Scumware?
I'm now using a product called Malware Bytes which detects all sorts
of malware. It does have a free version, which is the one I use.
This is a great all-around malware removal package and there is a
link to download it on the Webmaster Tools page. Still it isnít 100%
Other solutions that I have use (and still use on some machines) is a
free software product from Sweden called ADAWARE. Available on the
Webmaster Tools page.
you have ADAWARE installed and working, a great companion product to
use is SPYBOT SEARCH & DESTROY. It works in a similar fashion to
ADAWARE except it scans for spyware. SPYBOT does offer several
valuable checks that ADAWARE doesn't and Spybot can actually IMMUNIZE
your computer against invasive scripts. Spybot primarily removes
spyware while Adaware primarily removes adware.
Both are very complimentary to one another. Once you have
both installed we suggest running SPYBOT after every surf-for-hits
session and ADAWARE at least weekly, or more often if you suspect
adware has been installed somehow. SPYBOT and ADAWARE are SCANNERS
that you must manually run to get the benefit from them. The third
anti-Spyware tool we recommend is SPYWAREBLASTER which is an ALWAYS
engaged type of protection against known Spyware. These freeware
downloads are available on the Webmaster Tools page. TRENDMICRO also
has AN ONLINE virus and Spyware scanner that is free on their
HOUSECALL page. Remember, an
online virus scanner like HOUSECALL WILL NOT PREVENT getting a virus,
but rather tell you that you have one!
Ok, that's the
shortened, condensed, Readers' Digest version of how I do it. Would you
have paid $19.95 or $149 for all of that information? If you have any
questions, just ask through the contact link on the menu above left. If
I don't answer right away, it is because I'm surfing! I'll get back to
you as soon as I can. Class dismissed!
Thanks for visiting. Happy Safe Surfing!